Best of the 2010 Independents' Film Festival

If you couldn't make it out to rub shoulders with Swedish documentarians and MTV vets, fret not. December's line-up is chock full of high-quality indie entertainment, sure to satisfy your cultural urge. Among my personal favorites, be sure to catch:

Atroz: A foreign cream puff of a short about a surly loaner who has had the misfortune of being put on earth as a child's teddy bear.

[image-1]Dilla and Flip: The tied winners of this year's best student animated shorts.  Prepare to be impressed by the quirk and charm as well as the high quality visual presentation of these short shorts.

Hanging by a Thread: A full-length Swedish documentary following families struggling to cope with the premature births of their newest members.

DemiUrge Emesis: A truly bizarre little nugget, narrated by none other than Danny Elfman, which hits the creative process right on the head.

Enjoy!  And be sure to let me know which films are your favorites.

Last weekend, Tampa's own Education Channel hosted its yearly preview of the very best of December's Independent's Film Festival programming. Along with a sampling of shorts, features, documentaries, animations and experimentations, filmmakers turned out from around the globe to participate in what was named 2010's Best Intimate Film Festival in CL's Best of the Bay awards.

Saturday night included a finale showcase of the award-winning short films, a dinner and dessert spread provided by Whole Foods, and a cozy Q&A mixer. With an enthusiastic staff fielding introductions, conversation and drink tickets, it's easy to see why the IFF has developed its reputation as a more personal festival experience.

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